Charles Wesley, an English Methodist minister, is best known for the hymns he wrote. Many of these hymns are still sung in churches today. He was a prolific writer of hymn lyrics, having published over six thousand, and writing lyrics for additional two thousand. Below are a few of the words he penned and spoke:
“O for a thousand tongues to sing, my great Redeemer’s praise, the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace! My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim, to spread through all the earth abroad the honours of Thy name. Jesus! the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease; ‘Tis music in the sinner’s ears, ‘Tis life, and health, and peace. He breaks the power of cancelled sin, He sets the prisoner free; His blood can make the foulest clean, His blood availed for me. He speaks, and, listening to his voice, new life the dead receive, the mournful, broken hearts rejoice, the humble poor believe. Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb, your loosened tongues employ; ye blind, behold your Saviour come, and leap, ye lame, for joy. Look unto him, ye nations, own Your God, ye fallen race; look, and be saved through faith alone, be justified by grace. See all your sins on Jesus laid: the Lamb of God was slain, His soul was once an offering made for every soul of man. Awake from guilty nature’s sleep, and Christ shall give you light, cast all your sins into the deep, and wash you purest white. With me, your chief, ye then shall know, shall feel your sins forgiven; anticipate your heaven below, and own that love is heaven.”
“JESUS, the infinite I AM, With God essentially the same, With him enthroned above all height, As God of God, and Light of Light, Thou art by thy great Father known, From all eternity his Son. Thou only dost the Father know, And wilt to all thy followers show, Who cannot doubt thy gracious will His glorious Godhead to reveal; Reveal him now, if thou art he, And live, eternal Life, in me.”
“Faith is sometimes equated with credulity, but it can be so equated only when the profound mistake is made of thinking of faith as primarily a matter of intellectual assent. As the New Testament uses the word, faith is trust, acceptance, commitment, vision. It is not a belief in this or that creed, it is a quality which lies rather in the realm of intuition than the intellect. Faith has indeed an element of true simplicity; it is one of the qualities — perhaps the fundamental quality — of the child-like spirit without which no man can enter the Kingdom of God.
But lo’ the snare is broke, the captive’s freed, by faith on all the hostile powers we tread, and crush through Jesus’ strength the Serpent’s head. Jesus hath cast the cursed Accuser down, hath rooted up the tares by Satan sown: All nature bows to His benign command, and two are one in His almighty hand. One in His hand, O may we still remain, fast bound with love’s indissoluble chain; (That adamant which time and death defies, that golden chain which draws us to the skies!) His love the tie that binds us to His throne, His love the bond that perfects us in one, His only love constrains our hearts t’ agree, and gives the rivet of Eternity.”
“Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees, and looks to God alone; laughs at impossibilities, and cries it shall be done.”
“Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee.”
“Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give us second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new born King!”
“Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.”
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
“God is gone up on high with a triumphant noise.”
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